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Why Should Native Americans Vote? Protecting Sacred Sites Is One Answer

Why should Native Americans vote? Linda Yardley from Taos Pueblo had one answer at a field hearing of the Native American Voting Rights Coalition Friday. She said Taos Pueblo fought for more than a century to have the United States return its sacred Blue Lake. The land had been taken by the U.S. Forest Service in 1906 and a former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (and therefore head of the Forest Service,) Clinton P. Anderson, was by the late 1960s a U.S. Senator from New Mexico.

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7/16/2018

article Discussion to Focus on Native American Voting Rights
(New Mexico) -- Access and barriers to the political process across Indian Country will be the focus of an upcoming discussion in Washington, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall,...
article TRAHANT: A federal bench that includes Native judges? Why not? When?
(Washington D.C.) -- What should we think about the justice system, the retirement of Anthony Kennedy, and the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh? Or put another way: Why not...
article A Vice President & now Bernie Sanders; Sharice Davids' race is getting attention
(Kansas) -- ​Sharice Davids is getting attention from some big names. Make that ironic attention. The story is the political heavyweights traveling to Kansas to campaign...
article A Vice President & now Bernie Sanders; Sharice Davids' race is getting attention
(Kansas) -- ​Sharice Davids is getting attention from some big names. Make that ironic attention. The story is the political heavyweights traveling to Kansas to campaign...

7/8/2018

article Clarkson picked by GOP as secretary of state nominee
(New Mexico) -- Former congressional candidate Gavin Clarkson of Las Cruces was selected Saturday to be the Republican nominee for secretary of state. Clarkson was...

7/6/2018

article Record Number Of Native Americans Running For Office In Midterms
(USA) -- On a recent afternoon in Albuquerque, N.M., Deb Haaland sits with a thick stack of paper in front of her, calling donors to thank them for their contributions...

7/4/2018

article Record Number Of Native Americans Running For Office In Midterms
(USA) -- On a recent afternoon in Albuquerque, N.M., Deb Haaland sits with a thick stack of paper in front of her, calling donors to thank them for their contributions...

7/2/2018

article Federal judge sides with San Juan County, says it’s been ‘pretty vigorous’ in implementing new voter boundaries that benefit Navajo residents
(Utah) -- A federal judge declined Monday to reopen a landmark voting rights case filed by Navajo residents in southeastern Utah, suggesting that San Juan County’s...
article Judge won’t hold San Juan County in contempt over primary election problems
(Utah) -- A federal judge has refused to hold San Juan County in contempt of court over problems that emerged leading up to the primary election. The county has been...

6/23/2018

article Navajo man fights disqualification from ballot as San Juan County deals with court-ordered elections changes
(Utah) -- A Navajo man filed suit Wednesday challenging a Utah county’s decision to disqualify him from the ballot in the first election since a judge ruled local...
article Who Is Sharice Davids? She Could Be The First Indigenous Woman In Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- The first time she stepped into the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) ring in 2006, it only took a matter of seconds before Sharice laid out her opponent...

6/22/2018

article Navajo Candidate Sues After Being Kicked Off San Juan County Ballot
(Utah) -- A lawsuit announced this week in Salt Lake City focuses on a contested county commission seat, newly redrawn voting districts and a Navajo candidate well known...

6/21/2018

article Navajo Man Fights Ruling Disqualifying Him From Utah Ballot
(Utah) -- A Navajo man filed suit Wednesday challenging a Utah county's decision to disqualify him from the ballot in the first election since a judge ruled local...

6/20/2018

article President Trump Is Spurring Native American Women to Run for Office
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump routinely calls a U.S. senator “Pocahontas.” One time, he did it in front of Navajo code talkers who helped...
article Native Americans’ right to vote is under attack
(Washington D.C.) -- Growing up on the sprawling Navajo Nation land in the northeast corner of Arizona, Darrell Marks remembers telling people how to find the two-...

6/17/2018

article VIDEO:; #NativeVote18: Can Native Americans change US politics?
(Indian Country) -- November's midterm elections could be a pivotal moment in the United States. Not only could the balance of power in congress shift, but the...

6/12/2018

article In Arizona, Native Americans try to boost turnout: 'Our ancestors couldn't vote, but we can'
(Arizona) -- Red mountains rise from the desert stillness. As a paved road breaks off, tribal government buildings emerge. Inside one, Angela Willeford works on voter...
article 5 Ways to Increase Voter Turnout in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
(USA) -- The American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) population is a growing political force in the United States. With more than 4.7 million eligible voters, AI/AN...

6/11/2018

article Native American vote could have impact in midterms: Activists
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans’ growing political influence could leave a substantial impact on this year’s midterm elections, especially in North...
article Record numbers of women are running, but how many can win?
(USA) -- With primary season underway and a record number of women on ballots nationwide, the question now is how many will make it to office after elections in November...

6/10/2018

article Lovejoy, Yazzie face controversy in Public Regulation Commission race
(New Mexico) -- Incumbent Public Regulation Commissioner Lynda Lovejoy is facing controversy regarding some donations made to her campaign while a campaign ad mailed to...

6/9/2018

article Becenti-Aguilar wins razor thin decision to win NM post; plus Oklahoma ahead
(Indian Country) -- New Mexico Democrats tossed out members of the state’s Public Regulation Commission on Tuesday. There was a lot of competition for the seat in...

6/6/2018

article Deb Haaland’s Primary Win Puts Her Even Closer To Becoming The First Native American Congresswoman
(New Mexico) -- A New Mexico Democrat and ICE abolitionist is well on her way to making history as the country's first Native American congresswoman. Deb Haaland won...

6/5/2018

article Dem wins primary in bid to become first Native American congresswoman
(New Mexico) -- Former state Democratic Party leader Debra Haaland won the Democratic primary in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District Tuesday night in her bid...
article New Mexico Democrat wins, seeks to become first Native American woman in Congress
(New Mexico) -- Deb Haaland won the Democratic nomination in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, taking a big step closer to becoming the first Native...
article Past Democratic Party chair Haaland wins nomination
(New Mexico) -- Deb Haaland, a former New Mexico Democratic Party chairwoman who would be the first Native American woman elected to Congress, won a hard-fought...
article Western Native Voice: Restoring hope one Native voter at a time
(Montana) -- If you consider yourself a woke Native from Montana, chances are you’ve probably heard of Western Native Voice, (WNV) a dynamic non-profit...

6/4/2018

article Browning polling place moves after county dispute
(Montana) -- On the Blackfeet reservation, a disagreement between the tribe, Glacier County, and a business has left people with very limited services in the area....

5/31/2018

article #NativeVote18 Candidates look for party nominations in elections set for Tuesday
(Indian Country) -- Voters in eight states go to the polls Tuesday to select their party’s nominees. There are #NativeVote18 candidates on the ballots in...
article Native vote at issue as North Dakota faulted for 'discriminatory' law
(North Dakota) -- Native voters in North Dakota continue to fight for their rights amid repeated attempts to limit their participation. A federal judge has twice ruled...

5/30/2018

article Pearce's decision opens door for four GOP candidates
(New Mexico) -- The decision by longtime Congressman Steve Pearce to give up his seat representing New Mexico’s Second Congressional District in order to run for...

5/29/2018

article ND voter ID settlement conference ends without resolution
(North Dakota) -- The two sides fighting over North Dakota's voter identification law failed to reach a settlement Tuesday, May 29. More than two years after several...
article COLUMN: As Native American voters abandon her, Democrat Heitkamp touts comparison to a caustic chemical
(North Dakota) -- “I take ‘battery acid’ as a compliment,” Senator Heidi Heitkamp says in her latest campaign ad. It’s supposed to be a...

5/24/2018

article Tester to Sessions: Protect voting rights of Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Jon Tester is spearheading an effort to tear down barriers that strip Montanans of their right to vote. Tester is demanding Attorney...

5/22/2018

article Could Deb Haaland Become Congress’ First Native American Woman Member?
(New Mexico) -- Congress has never ever had a Native American female representative. In the face of that shocking fact a number of indigenous women are running for...

5/20/2018

article #NativeVote18: Deb Haaland in a tight three-way race; Gavin Clarkson draws controversy with Team Trump flag
(New Mexico) -- A new poll shows Deb Haaland trailing two of her primary opponents by a slim margin. The New Mexico primary is June 5 and early voting started Saturday.

5/19/2018

article #NativeVote18 Donna Bergstrom tapped as candidate for Minnesota Lieutenant Governor
(Minnesota) -- A barrier broken. History. And another first. So just another day in the 2018 election cycle. Let’s not bury the lede here. Donna Bergstrom, Red...

5/16/2018

article Possibility of 1st Indigenous mayor of Vancouver prompts calls for more diversity in city politics
(British Columbia) -- Ian Campbell's run to become a candidate for mayor of Vancouver could result in him becoming the first Indigenous person or person of colour to...

5/14/2018

article Distance, language can still pose challenge to Native American voting
(Washington D.C.) -- Arusha Gordon remembers hearing the decades-old stories from her Native American clients about the challenges of voting back then. Polling places...

5/8/2018

article Native Americans Running For Political Office In Record Numbers
(USA) -- A record number of Native Americans are running for political office this year nationally and in the Mountain West. That’s what Mark Trahant said he...

5/5/2018

article Alaska considers measures to switch to mail voting
(Alaska) -- Alaska is looking into conducting more of its elections by mail, though it may not completely convert right away. Interest at the state and local government...

5/3/2018

article 1st Congressional District candidate Debra Haaland
(New Mexico) -- 1. Please give your position on DACA. As a Native American woman, my family has experienced the brutality of government-backed family separation –...
article Native American candidate enters California District 1 race
(California) -- Entering the political fray for the California State Assembly District 1 election is a notable addition, as Caleen Sisk filed to run as a Democratic...
article PEARL JAM: Sold-out Missoula show for Montanans who believe every voice should be heard
(Montana) -- On April 18, Pearl Jam announced that their sold-out Aug. 13 show at Missoula’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium would be recognized as Rock2Vote. As a...

5/1/2018

article #NativeVote18: Arvina Martin Challenges Wisconsin Status Quo With Bid For Secretary of State
(Wisconsin) -- Election seasons have themes. There are campaign biographies and stories that seem familiar. One such theme is a younger candidates who is challenging the...

4/30/2018

article TRAHANT: #NativeVote18: ‘100+ And Growing’ Native Candidates Seeking Early Votes in Primaries Countrywide
(Indian Country) -- It’s already time to cast ballots in the 2018 election season — a cycle with more Native Americans running for Congress or to lead state...

4/25/2018

article A Historic Number of Native American Women Are Running for Office: 'We're Helping to Clear a Path'
(USA) -- Peggy Flanagan had wanted to be a special education teacher. She'd volunteered in special education classrooms for almost a decade. She'd earned her...

4/13/2018

article Deb Haaland Could Be the First Native American Woman Elected to Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- Running! is a Teen Vogue series about getting involved in government. In this op-ed, New Mexico congressional candidate Deb Haaland explains why...

4/6/2018

article Citing Native American Barriers, Judge Orders North Dakota to Change Voter ID Law
(North Dakota) -- An attorney challenging North Dakota's voter ID law welcomed a federal judge's ruling Wednesday, April 4, that expands Native Americans'...
article Omak District polling to be held at new senior site
(Washington) -- The Colville Tribal Elections Office has issued a reminder that the Omak District polls for the upcoming election will be held at the Omak Senior Meal...

4/4/2018

article Federal judge expands tribal ID options for North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge has agreed to expand the proof of identity Native Americans can use for North Dakota elections, a decision reversing his temporary...
article Citing Native Americans’ ‘cherished right’ to vote, federal judge orders changes to ND voter ID law
(North Dakota) -- An attorney challenging North Dakota’s voter ID law welcomed a federal judge’s ruling Wednesday that expands Native Americans’...

3/29/2018

article Deb Haaland aims to be the first Native American woman in Congress
(New Mexico) -- In 2008, when Deb Haaland was driving across the sprawling landscapes of New Mexico, working to register Native American voters near the tribal land...

3/28/2018

article What the 2018 midterms could mean for Native voting
(Indian Country) -- Indian Country News is a weekly note from High Country News, as we continue to broaden our coverage of tribal affairs across the West. Patricia...

3/26/2018

article 18 Native Americans Running for Legislative Seats in 2018
(Montana) -- The list of Montana's legislative candidates includes 18 native Americans, more than in each of the last two election cycles. Lee Newspapers of Montana...

3/25/2018

article We desperately need more Native American and First Nations women elected to office
(North America) -- An 18-year-old female goes missing in the US. Her body is never found – and neither is the person responsible for her disappearance – but...
article DFL Endorses Northbird and Branden to run in House Districts 2A and 2B
(Minnesota) -- Two candidates, both with Native American lineage, were endorsed to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives during the 2018 Senate District 2 DFL...

3/23/2018

article BREWER: What the 2018 midterms could mean for Native voting
(Colorado) -- Patricia Roybal Caballero was a freshman lawmaker in New Mexico’s House of Representatives when she walked into a popular Santa Fe restaurant in 2013...

3/21/2018

article Meet Deb Haaland, Who Could Become Our First Native American Congresswoman
(New Mexico) -- Deb Haaland stands to make history. If the New Mexico Democrat's campaign is successful, the single mom could become the only Native American woman...

3/20/2018

article Historic number of Native American women running for office
(USA) -- Nearly 40 Native American women are running for office this election cycle, The New York Times reported. At least four Native American women are running for...

3/19/2018

article There’s Never Been a Native American Congresswoman. That Could Change in 2018.
(New Mexico) -- When Deb Haaland was a child, she would rise early on this state’s sun-beaten tribal land, sling a water jar around her waist and climb the mesa...

3/18/2018

article Elections Canada launching new initiatives to serve Indigenous voters
(Canada) -- Elections Canada is planning early engagement initiatives and cultural training for staff to better serve Indigenous voters at the polls next year. This...

3/12/2018

article Why Should Native Americans Vote? Protecting Sacred Sites Is One Answer
(New Mexico) -- Why should Native Americans vote? Linda Yardley from Taos Pueblo had one answer at a field hearing of the Native American Voting Rights Coalition Friday...

3/2/2018

article TRAHANT: Indian Country Follows National Trend of More Female Candidates
(Indian Country) -- Across the country more women than ever are running for office, including Congress, statewide posts, and legislatures. That’s the case in...

2/28/2018

article Record Number of Native American Women to Run in 2018 Midterm Polls
(Washington) -- Native Americans are underrepresented in Washington's corridors of power. Three known Native Americans have served in the Senate and fewer than 20 in...

1/20/2018

article The Woman Who Could Become America's First-Ever Indigenous Governor
(Idaho) -- Paulette Jordan has had people gunning for her to be governor of Idaho for years—even before she decided to run. Jordan previously served on the Coeur d...

1/15/2018

article Groups record voting rights abuses against Native Americans
(Arizona) -- Election sites far from reservations. Poll workers who don’t speak tribal languages. Unequal access to early voting sites. Native Americans say they...

1/12/2018

article Groups record voting-rights abuses against Native Americans
(USA) -- Election sites far from reservations. Poll workers who don’t speak tribal languages. Unequal access to early voting sites. Native Americans say they have...

1/11/2018

article Groups record voting rights abuses against Native Americans
(California) -- Election sites far from reservations. Poll workers who don't speak tribal languages. Unequal access to early voting sites. Native Americans say they...

1/8/2018

article For Native Americans, a ‘Historic Moment’ on the Path to Power at the Ballot Box
(Utah) -- In this county of desert and sagebrush, Wilfred Jones has spent a lifetime angered by what his people are missing. Running water, for one. Electricity, for...

1/4/2018

article Meet the anti-Trump candidate running to become the United States’ first Native American governor
(Indian Country) -- In a year when the rights of indigenous people have been under assault, from Standing Rock to the president’s Twitter feed, a largely unknown...

12/28/2017

article New Voting Districts Drawn In Native Discrimination Suit
(Utah) -- A federal judge has handed down new voting districts to replace those declared discriminatory against American Indian voters in southeastern Utah, but a...

12/27/2017

article Federal judge restructures voting districts in county
(Utah) -- Voting districts in San Juan County have been restructured by a federal judge. The new boundaries create voting districts that maintain a Native American...
article San Juan County Wants To Appeal Navajo Voting Rights Ruling
(Utah) -- San Juan County is asking a federal court to finalize a recent decision on voting districts. County leaders want to appeal the ruling, as the county’s...

12/23/2017

article Tribune editorial: Historic turn for San Juan County
(Utah) -- A year from now we could have something that has never happened before in Utah — a county run by a non-white majority. Federal Judge Robert Shelby’...

12/22/2017

article New voting districts drawn in Navajo discrimination suit
(Utah) -- A federal judge has handed down new voting districts to replace those declared discriminatory against American Indian voters in southeastern Utah, but a...

12/16/2017

article LENTE: Native voting — a step in the right direction
(New Mexico) -- Sometimes progress is slow. That much is clear when you consider Native Americans could not vote in New Mexico until 1948. That’s less than 70...

12/13/2017

press release Native Americans Again Seek to Protect their Right to Vote
(North Dakota) -- Today, the Native American Rights Fund again brought action against the state of North Dakota (ND) seeking to overturn ND’s newest discriminatory...

12/12/2017

article Wisconsin lawmakers push for recognition of tribal ID cards
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow members of federally recognized tribes to use their tribal identification cards for voter...

12/8/2017

article Rep. Paulette Jordan announces she’ll run for governor as a Democrat
(Idaho) -- The only Native American lawmaker currently serving in the Idaho Statehouse announced Thursday she's running for governor in 2018. Rep. Paulette Jordan, a...

12/6/2017

article New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse-Oliver Convenes Native American Voting Task Force
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse-Oliver knows it’s her job to make it easier for all eligible New Mexicans to vote. That’s why, inspired by...

11/13/2017

article TRAHANT: #NativeVote18 -Three Lessons from Last Week’s Elections, Time to Add Names, Ideas
(North Dakota) -- Three lessons from last week’s election results. First: Gerrymandering can be defeated. The election districts in Virginia were designed to...

8/12/2017

article Native Voting Rights—Back to the Drawing Board in South Dakota?
(South Dakota) -- Controversy erupted in South Dakota following the state’s announcement that voters on the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation would have very restricted...

5/26/2017

article Mark Trahant: Voting is just sooo hard in the era of Donald Trump
(North Dakota) -- One election will not erase what is Donald J. Trump. Most of his voters see him as the antidote to business as usual. He’s shaking thing up (even...
article Native turnout fails to sway closely-watched election in Montana
(Montana) -- The Native vote in Montana failed to sway a closely-watched election in Montana on Thursday, resulting in a victory for a Republican candidate who was...

5/5/2017

article ‘We don’t like the conversation’: Utah voters of color launch initiative to revamp the political system
(Utah) -- Antonella Packard says it's obvious: President Donald Trump's administration is a threat to minorities. "The hens are being guarded by the fox,...

5/3/2017

article N.M. Secretary Of State To Start Native American Voting Taskforce
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced Friday that she’s creating a taskforce focused on increasing voter registration and...

4/17/2017

article North Dakota attempting to fix voter ID rules after lawsuit
(North Dakota) -- After altering voter identification laws in previous legislative sessions, North Dakota's Republican-led Legislature now is attempting to fix them...

4/6/2017

article Democrats’ last effort fails to secure mail-in election
(Montana) -- A last-ditch effort to allow counties to conduct the May 25 congressional election by mail failed Friday to win support in the House, plunging elections...

3/10/2017

article Bill passes House to look at, improve voting access on Native Lands
(New Mexico) -- Representative Derrick Lente’s bill to increase access to ballot boxes on Native Lands passed the New Mexico House unanimously. The bill would...

3/9/2017

article Tribal voting rights case settled, Washoe County pays the most
(Reno) -- The parties involved in a voter discrimination lawsuit between two Native American tribes and state and county officials was settled for almost half of what...

1/20/2017

article Native activists focus on protests — not so much the ballot box
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump has taken office, and in his inaugural speech he called for loyalty — to the United States, and to one another.

12/9/2016

article Feds expand areas where ballots will be in native languages
(Alaska) -- More people who speak Alaska Native languages will be able to receive translated election material thanks to changes made by the U.S. Census Bureau.

11/28/2016

article Voter Voices From The Flathead Reservation
(Montana) -- On a recent Friday morning at Pablo Elementary, a public school on the Flathead Indian Reservation, while most kids were in class, a few brave souls agreed...
article 3 from Nevada tribes win awards for fight for voting rights
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Indian Commission honored three Native Americans who successfully fought a pair of counties and the secretary of state to get satellite polling...

11/24/2016

article 3 from Nevada tribes win awards for fight for voting rights
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Indian Commission honored three Native Americans who successfully fought a pair of counties and the secretary of state to get satellite polling...

11/20/2016

article GOP Finds Ways To Win SD Legislative Seats
(South Dakota) -- Federal election laws provide protections so that people who aren’t whites have a fair chance to be treated squarely when they cast their votes....

11/14/2016

article Election Day Turmoil in Utah Portion of Navajo Nation
(Utah) -- Confusion abounded in Navajo voting places in San Juan County, Utah, on Election Day, according to observers. The county overlaps the northern portion of the...

11/9/2016

article First voting on Paiute reservation inspires big turnout
(Nevada) -- Nixon had never had a place where people could vote on Election Day, at least not in the 52 years Linda Ely has lived there. But a lawsuit filed to help...
article In Nevada, some Native Americans have to travel 270 miles to vote
(Nevada) -- Highway 379 turns to gravel here, white and dusty, narrowing until it disappears into the craggy mountains off in the distance. Hang a right before the...
article This 99-year-old Native American woman just voted on her reservation for the first time ever
(Nevada) -- Last Friday, 99-year-old Flora Greene voted at a polling station on land owned by her tribe, the Pyramid Lake Paiute, for the first time in her life, her...
article Tribes Face Voting Difficulties
(Nevada) -- A decrease in polling places, discrepancies in addresses and many not getting mail delivery at home is making it harder for Native Americans across Arizona...

11/8/2016

article Appealing to the conservative Native American voter
(Oklahoma) -- As a group, Native Americans traditionally vote Democrat. Their economic status and views on environmental issues, among other things, tend to align more...
article ASU Law students work to ensure Native votes count
(Arizona) -- ASU Law student Allyson Von Seggern said she felt like a rookie two years ago working a primary election. She had recently moved from small-town Nebraska to...
article Native Americans seek visibility in their vote
(Illinois) -- In the run-down American Indian Center, fewer than 20 Native Americans are gathered to discuss issues that are important to them in this year’s...
article Voters in the Northern Agency head to chapters
(New Mexico) -- Voters on the Navajo Nation are casting ballots today to determine representation for chapter governments and other offices. There are 20 chapters in the...

11/7/2016

article County officials hike to bottom of Grand Canyon to set up polls for Havasupai Tribe
(Arizona) -- Matt Rudig stood on Havasupai Hilltop and looked down at the landscape of the Grand Canyon. He laced up his hiking boots and situated his backpack in...
article Native voters face hurdles in exercising basic right
(USA) -- It’s tough to give a poll worker your street address when you don’t live on a traditional street, but that’s just one of the challenges that...

11/3/2016

article On This Day: Supreme Court says tax-paying Indians can’t vote
(Washington D.C.) -- On November 3, 1884, the United States Supreme Court issued one of its most controversial decisions, when it said that American Indians who paid...

10/28/2016

article Native Americans in Nevada might be forced to drive hundreds of miles to vote
(Nevada) -- Nine Native American tribes say their state is infringing on their voting rights after Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske denied their request to...
article Voting from a Native American reservation is much harder than it should be
(USA) -- As Election Day approaches, candidates are rallying their bases to vote. But for Native American voters in places like Arizona, access — not apathy...

10/27/2016

article Nevada elections chief refuses to accommodate Native Americans who have to drive 200 miles to vote
(Nevada) -- Nine Native American tribes asked the Nevada secretary of state last week to establish early voting locations on their reservations. They claimed the roughly...
article Nevada’s Tea Party Secretary of State Rejects Indian Tribes’ Request for Reservation Polling Sites
(Nevada) -- Earlier this month, thanks in great part to the efforts of the South Dakota-based Native voter advocacy group Four Directions, federal district Judge Miranda...
article State denies early voting request from nine tribes
(Nevada) -- Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s office denied a request from nine Nevada tribes asking for early polling locations, citing logistical issues with...
article Oglala Lakota County commissioners decide to leave Pine Ridge absentee voting site in place
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Lakota County commissioners voted unanimously at a special meeting on Tuesday to deny a request to relocate the county absentee voting center...

10/26/2016

article 9 more tribes join battle over alleged voting violations in Nevada
(Nevada) -- The state of Nevada and two counties could end up paying well over $100,000 in legal expenses as they continue to wage a legal battle with two tribes over...
article Nevada tribes seek $117K in legal costs in voting suit
(Nevada) -- Two Nevada tribes are asking a federal judge to order the state of Nevada and two counties to pay them more than $100,000 in legal expenses in a growing...

10/25/2016

article Nevada tribes seek $117K in legal costs in voting suit
(Nevada) -- Two Nevada tribes are asking a federal judge to order the state of Nevada and two counties to pay them more than $100,000 in legal expenses in a growing...

10/24/2016

article Fighting tribal voting rights suit might cost taxpayers $117k
(Nevada) -- Fighting a request from two Nevada Native American tribes for increased polling access might cost the state and two counties more than $117,000.
article Nine Native American tribes seek to shorten 200 mile trip to early vote
(Nevada) -- For some Nevada Native American tribes, early voting next week will require a lengthy drive: more than 200 miles round trip. That’s why nine tribes asked the...

10/22/2016

article Nine more tribes in Nevada request early polling sites
(Nevada) -- After a federal judge granted two Nevada Native American tribes access to early voting and Election Day polling locations, nine tribes followed up with a...

10/20/2016

article Rhode Island to consider accepting voters' tribal ID cards
(Rhode Island) -- Members of the Narragansett Indian Tribe are asking for their tribal identification cards to be considered valid for voting in Rhode Island.

10/17/2016

article Native American's vote is their voice
(Montana) -- With election day around the corner candidates are pushing harder than ever to ensure that all eligible Native Americans have the opportunity to vote. Both...

10/16/2016

article #NATIVEVOTE16 – Tom Cole Forges the GOP Case for Tribal Sovereignty
(Oklahoma) -- Early on I decided to focus this #NativeVote16 project on American Indians and Alaska Natives running for office. (Instead of a broader look at the...

10/15/2016

article Federal judge denies Navajos' request for more polling sites
(Utah) -- San Juan County will not have to open several new polling places for Navajo voters, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Jill Parrish struck down a...

10/14/2016

article Victory Lap for Paiutes and the Native Vote
(Nevada) -- An emergency injunction will open early-voting offices on the Walker River and Pyramid Lake Paiute reservations. Plaintiffs, including tribal chairmen Bobby...
article Please vote, says State Lobbyist, especially this year
(Washington) -- All nine statewide offices are up for election this year, he said. These include offices of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney...

10/12/2016

article County complies with federal ruling, adds tribal polling site
(Nevada) -- Washoe County announced Wednesday it would comply with a federal judge’s ruling and open a polling site in Nixon, the tribal capital for the Pyramid...
article Court ruling could be game changer for Dems in Nevada
(Nevada) -- Native Americans in Nevada will have greater voting access next month than ever before, boosting the chances that Democrats retain a key Senate seat and...
article Court-ordered voting site set for Nevada tribe in US suit
(Nevada) -- Washoe County has designated a new early voting and Election Day voting site on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe's reservation northeast of Reno in...
article Nevada Tribes Could Boost Dem Chances Following Court Ruling
(Nevada) -- Hoping to score big in Nevada after gaining greater voting access, Democrats are looking to retain a key Senate seat and hijack the state's six electoral...
article Paiute tribe members win right to vote at Pyramid Lake offices
(Nevada) -- Native American voters residing at Pyramid Lake will be able to vote at the tribal administration office at Nixon after a federal judge ruled in a voting...
article Native Americans Face Unique Barriers To Voting
(USA) -- When it comes to voting, many Native American voters face challenges that other voters don't, including language barriers and a lack of accessible polling...

10/9/2016

article US judge sides with Nevada tribes in voting rights case
(Nevada) -- Two Native American tribes in Nevada have won an emergency court order in a federal lawsuit accusing the Republican secretary of state and two counties of...

10/7/2016

article Tribe says they have enough registered voters to require polling site
(Nevada) -- The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe said Thursday they now have enough people registered to require an Election Day polling site just one day before a judge is...

10/6/2016

article US Justice Department backs Nevada tribes on voting test
(Nevada) -- The Justice Department is siding with two Nevada tribes’ interpretation of a key part of the U.S. Voting Rights Act at issue in a legal battle with...

10/5/2016

article Montana lawmakers push to attract Native American voters
(Montana) -- When Steve Daines visited the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Lame Deer in 2014 to meet with tribal leaders as a freshman member of Congress, he was...
article Young Navajo Voters Want To See More From Clinton
(Arizona) -- Majerle Lister is a young Navajo voter who has lived on and off the reservation. There are 22 federally recognized tribes in Arizona including the largest...

10/4/2016

article Ruling expected in tribal voter disenfranchisement lawsuit by Friday
(Nevada) -- A federal judge said she will rule on an emergency injunction regarding a federal lawsuit by two Native American tribes alleging voter disenfranchisement by...
article US Justice Department backs Nevada tribes on voting test
(Nevada) -- The Justice Department is siding with two Nevada tribes' interpretation of a key part of the U.S. Voting Rights Act at issue in a legal battle with state...
article ‘We’re here, but we’re invisible’: Native Americans fight to vote on their reservations
(Nevada) -- Gladys Hicks has lived on the Pyramid Lake reservation in northern Nevada for her entire 83 years. She has never had a driver’s license, and, due to a...

9/26/2016

article TRAHANT: Deadlines Near for Registration, Early Voting Starts Soon
(North Dakota) -- If Indian country is going to make a difference in this election there are details that need to be completed first. Voter registration is easy....

9/21/2016

article Navajos ask federal judge to restore polling places in Utah
(Utah) -- Navajo Nation member Davis Filfred prefers casting a ballot the old fashioned way at a polling place. But he's worried he may have to make a three-hour...
article Affidavit allowed for North Dakota voters lacking ID
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota must allow voters who don't have a state-required ID to cast a ballot by signing an affidavit swearing they are a qualified voter, a...

9/20/2016

article Native Americans Still Face Obstacles to Voting Access
(Arizona) -- Native Americans won the right to vote in Arizona in 1948. But open access to the polls didn’t come until 1976, when a U.S. Supreme Court decision...
article Paiutes sue state over voting rights
(Nevada) -- Two Native American tribes are taking the state to court over allegations that it is too difficult for Native people to vote in elections. The lawsuit was...

9/17/2016

article Meet the trailblazing Native American leading a surge in voter activism
(Montana) -- In the 2016 elections, Denise Juneau is both a trailblazer and an underdog. She is relishing both roles. If the Democrat causes an upset in November and...

9/16/2016

article Native Americans still fighting for voting equality
(USA) -- Distance and language barriers have long hindered Native Americans in the voting process. Recent voting procedure changes and the weakening of the Voting Rights...

9/15/2016

article When It Comes To Equal Voting Access, Native American Communities Still Face Obstacles
(Arizona) -- Native Americans won the right to vote in Arizona in 1948. But open access to the polls didn’t come until 1976, when a U.S. Supreme Court decision...

9/14/2016

article Native Americans in Nevada will have to travel almost 100 miles round-trip to vote
(Nevada) -- For two Native American tribes in northern Nevada, casting an early ballot next month will require multiple hours, access to a car, and a tank full of gas.

9/13/2016

article The painstaking work of translating Alaska's ballot into Native languages
(Alaska) -- After hours in the state elections office in Midtown Anchorage last month, two women stared at a computer screen, murmuring words in Yup'ik.

9/12/2016

article Nevada Billionaires Have Equal Rights, But Not Natives, Say Paiute
(Nevada) -- Chairmen Bobby Sanchez and Vinton Hawley, of the Walker River and Pyramid Lake Paiute tribes, respectively, are plaintiffs in a major new federal voting-...

9/10/2016

article Nevadan Tribes Seek Litigation Over Voting Rights Dispute
(Nevada) -- With early election voting fast approaching, two Native American tribes in Nevada are suing the state after having their requests for on-site voter...

9/9/2016

article Nevada native American tribes fight 'unequal' voting laws
(Nevada) -- Does a long drive to a ballot box constitute illegal voter discrimination? That's the heart of a lawsuit by the Pyramid Lake and Walker River Paiute...
article Native Americans still fighting for voting equality
(Utah) -- Terry Whitehat remembers gathering at the community hall in Navajo Mountain each election day, where Navajo Nation members in this remote Utah community would...

9/8/2016

article Native American tribes to sue Nevada over voter disenfranchisement
(Nevada) -- A pair of Native American tribes filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the state of Nevada and Washoe and Mineral counties after being denied voter...
article Nevada tribes charge Washoe, Mineral officials with voting rights violations
(Nevada) -- Whatever other issues this dispute raises--race, class, partisan advantage--first of all it's a matter of distance. To register to vote in person...
article Nevada tribes: Unequal polling access violates voting rights
(Reno) -- Tribal leaders in Nevada asked a U.S. judge Wednesday to order the state and two counties to establish satellite polling places on reservations where they say...

9/7/2016

article Tribes to sue secretary of state, allege unequal access to voting
(Nevada) -- Two tribal chiefs will file a lawsuit today against Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske alleging unequal access to voting, KTNV has learned. Walker River...

9/6/2016

article Group Looks to Get Out Native American Vote in Montana
(Montana) -- With two months left before Election Day, one group is encouraging Montana's Native American population to register to vote. The social justice group...
article Native American tribes to sue Nevada over voter disenfranchisement
(Nevada) -- A pair of Native American tribes are planning to file a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against the state of Nevada after being denied voter registration sites...
article Native Americans still fighting for voting equality
(Utah) -- Terry Whitehat remembers gathering at the community hall in Navajo Mountain each election day, where Navajo Nation members in this remote Utah community would...

8/28/2016

article Newly enacted Native language voting provisions rolled out at polls in August Alaska primary
(Alaska) -- Before choosing a primary ballot at a polling place set up at the Manokotak City Office this week, Mike Toyukak glanced at two sample ballots offering Yup...

8/23/2016

article Native Americans still fighting for voting equality
(Utah) -- Terry Whitehat remembers gathering at the community hall in Navajo Mountain each election day, where Navajo Nation members in this remote Utah community would...

8/11/2016

article CLADOOSBY: N.D. Decision Highlights Failure to Protect Native Voting Rights
(Washington D.C.) -- Last week, Judge Daniel L. Hovland of the United States District Court for North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction against North Dakota’s...

8/9/2016

article Your Call: A political shift for Native Americans
(California) -- On the August 9th edition of Your Call, we will discuss turning political tides for Native Americans. There are at least 73 American Indians, Alaska...

7/20/2016

article State official ‘pleased’ with satellite voting numbers
(Montana) -- Preliminary numbers from the June 7 primary election showed 424 voting-related users, either in new registrations or updates to registrations and absentee...

7/14/2016

article Liberals made big gains, but NDP still won the First Nations vote in 2015, data shows
(Canada) -- Turnout among Indigenous Canadians increased dramatically in the last federal election, and an analysis of Elections Canada data suggests that the Liberals...

7/11/2016

article Native Voters Catch The Attention Of Montana's Political Parties
(Montana) -- During the Arlee Powwow over the 4th of July weekend, Bruce Meyers, the only Native American Republican in Montana’s legislature, stood along the...

7/6/2016

article Democrats hire Native Vote director
(Montana) -- The Montana Democratic Party has hired Amy Croover as director of the Native Vote Program, officials said Wednesday. She is a member of the Ho-Chunk...

7/4/2016

article How a Utah county silenced Native American voters
(Utah) -- To understand why Wilfred Jones wanted an ambulance, you have to understand where he lives. San Juan County, in southeastern Utah, is nearly as big as New...

6/19/2016

article How a Utah County Silenced Native American Voters -- and How Navajos Are Fighting Back
(Utah) -- To understand why Wilfred Jones wanted an ambulance, you have to understand where he lives. San Juan County, in southeastern Utah, is nearly as big as New...

6/16/2016

article Huge increase in Sask. on-reserve voters in 2015 federal election
(Saskatchewan) -- There was a huge jump in on-reserve voting turnout during the last federal election in Saskatchewan. According to a new report from Statistics Canada,...
article Mark Trahant: A movement for the Native vote in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota’s primary Tuesday was supposed to be routine: After all the Native American candidates were running unopposed in their primary races.

6/11/2016

article Costs of Indian voting rights legal counsel released
(Montana) -- Money spent by counties defending a 2012 lawsuit on Indian voting rights could have gone toward setting up satellite voting and alternative voting areas on...

6/6/2016

article Low Turnout At Reservation Satellite Voting Offices Ahead Of Primaries
(Montana) -- New satellite election offices near and on American Indian Reservations in Montana saw low turnout before the primary, but state and tribal officials are...
article Native legislative candidates have a chance to make history
(Montana) -- If American Indian candidates win all 11 seats in the Montana Legislature they are running for this fall, the percentage of Natives in the session would for...

6/1/2016

article Candidates make push for California's Native American voters
(California) -- California is often seen as what the future of the country could look like in the coming years. And during an election year, that means some candidates...
article Secretary McCulloch visits Heart Butte’s new Satellite voting office
(Montana) -- Reservation voters should have an easier time this election season, thanks to the expansion of Satellite voting offices around Montana. Secretary of State...

5/31/2016

article Native Americans move to frontlines in battle over voting rights
(North Dakota) -- Elvis Norquay, a member of the Chippewa Indian tribe, has lived most of his 58 years on North Dakota's remote Turtle Mountain reservation and says...

5/21/2016

article TRAHANT: Making Little Dollars Count; Native Dem Congressional Candidates
(North Dakota) -- This week a small contribution to a political campaign is worth a lot more. Arizona’s Victoria Steele has two donors who are matching small...

5/18/2016

article 13 satellite offices set up for tribes, state says
(Montana) -- Secretary of State Linda McCulloch announced Tuesday that 13 early voting offices have now been established on Montana’s American Indian reservations...

5/17/2016

article NAHDEE: Something in the Water: Thoughts on Indian Elections
(Ontario) -- My generation’s destiny is to bring about the death of colonization, neo-colonialism, and any other forms of systemic government oppression.
article TRAHANT: Latino Voter Registration Is Growing Fast
(North Dakota) -- Let’s start with an understatement: Donald Trump is not the usual Republican Party nominee for president. There is no script for the months ahead...

5/16/2016

article American Indians are less likely to claim identification with major American political parties.
(USA) -- Much has been written recently about the partisan preferences of Hispanics and Asians, but the political orientations of Native Americans are less well...

5/12/2016

article WILKINS: To Vote or Not to Vote: Native Choice
(Minnesota) -- I teach native politics, treaties, and federal Indian law at the University of Minnesota. In my current course, Law, Sovereignty, & Treaty Rights, we...

5/7/2016

article SHARP: Bernie Sanders Knows
(Washington) -- Ask which ethnic group has the shortest life expectancy, the highest major disease rates, the highest incarceration rates, the fewest education...

5/1/2016

article #NATIVEVOTE16 – Native Vote -- Feelin' The Endorsements. What Newspapers Say
(USA) -- Over the past four decades (did I really write that?) I have spent a lot of time on the question of endorsing candidates. At large newspapers, and small ones,...

4/29/2016

article TRAHANT: Tribes Weigh In, Power of Endorsement
(North Dakota) -- Tribes in Montana and North Dakota went on record last week “endorsing” candidates. The Salish Kootenai Tribe endorsed Denise Juneau’...

4/27/2016

article NATIVEVOTE#16: Measuring Contributions of $25 or Less
(North Dakota) -- Let’s turn the world upside down. A “normal” political story might examine finances for political candidates starting with who raised...
article WILLIS: My View of the Primaries
(Oklahoma) -- I am an enrolled member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, also half Ponca Nation descent, and a concerned Democrat, please allow me to share a few reasons to...

4/18/2016

article Samantha Bee Grills Bernie Sanders Focus Group: You Think the GOP Will Work with a ‘Socialist Jew?’
(New York) -- Last month, Samantha Bee held the world’s most disturbing focus group in an attempt to understand Donald Trump voters. So it’s only fitting...

4/13/2016

article Sanders tells tribe he will refocus on Native Americans
(New York) -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who has promised to speak to the issues and people not addressed by other politicians or covered by the...
article Recruiting, interest lead to more Native Americans on ND Dems' ticket
(North Dakota) -- With an unprecedented three Native Americans on the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party's statewide ticket and at least four running for legislative...

4/12/2016

article Native Americans Are Still The "Invisible Vote." Here's Why.
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans are a diverse demographic, with various languages and cultural distinctions defining each tribe. Unfortunately, economic, social,...

4/11/2016

article Rapid City students make 'Native Lives Matter' a presidential issue
(South Dakota) -- "Native Lives Matter" is a mantra heard often in reservation areas of South Dakota, but not often on the campaign trail. Three local high...

4/7/2016

article Meet Tara Houska, Native American advisor to presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders
(Washington D.C.) -- The Native American advisor to Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has told SBS she is determined to bring Indigenous issues to the...

4/6/2016

article Jane Sanders Meets With Northern Arapahoe Tribal Members
(Wyoming) -- The wife of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Monday spent time with some Americans whose ancestors were around a long time before there...

4/5/2016

article BLOG: Native Americans Can’t Afford a Republican in the White House
(Washington D.C.) -- “Under President Bush, there were zero.” Those words, spoken by Cherokee Secretary of State Chuck Hoskins Jr., have stuck with me over...
article Sanders Hires Native American Staffer: Nicole Willis
(USA) -- On March 21, the day after coordinating Bernie Sanders’ meeting with tribal leaders in Washington state, Nicole Willis, Confederated Tribes of Umatilla...

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